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MALABAR BELLE

MALABAR BELLE

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PROPERTY FORMERLY IN AN ITALIAN COLLECTION


Oil on canvas

1955

22 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. (56.5 x 45 cm.)


Signed and dated 'Biren '55.' lower right



Biren De's early figurative works usually depict a highly stylised form shown in a dark, crowded space. He contrasts a dark, sombre palette with small bursts of brighter colours, usually used to accentuate specific features of the figure. As seen in the current work, the woman's head is devoid of much detail, the rounded curve of her bun and tapering column of her neck in contrast with the sharply defined nose. The key additions of the bright yellow flower and the large hoop-shaped earring break the monotony of both colour and form. 'Though reduced to basic shapes the motif of subject matter is clear and the composition is architectonic.' (Jaya Appaswamy, 'Biren De - A Profile', Lalit Kala Contemporary 6, April 1967, p. 29)


'My compositions from 1950 onwards were mainly figurative, human figures in nature, painted not three-dimensionally, but suggesting plasticity with flexed lines and strong colours - with the deployment of chiaroscuro. I drew heavily from my experiences of the life styles of tribal people -whose settlements I had been visiting regularly during my years in Calcutta. For me these people were the symbols of the vital life and the freedom of instincts; their physical-spiritual oneness with Nature fascinated me.' (Biren De, 'Evolution of My Art', Lalit Kala Contemporary 32, New Delhi, April 1985, p. 34)



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About The Artist:

BIREN DE (1926 - 2011)

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